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  Labor Situation - State of Connecticut Last Updated: October 20, 2014
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State nonfarm jobs rebound to recovery high; unemployment rate falls to recovery low.
WETHERSFIELD, October 20, 2014 - Connecticut’s nonfarm employment rebounded strongly in September, adding 11,500 positions (0.69%), according to preliminary jobs data calculated from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’s (BLS) monthly employer survey (seasonally adjusted). In addition, the August 2014 initial reported loss of 3,600 jobs (-0.22%) was also revised by 2,400 jobs to a smaller decline of 1,200 (-0.07%). The state’s nonfarm employment level at 1,679,200, for September 2014, has reached another new recovery highpoint and has now added 26,100 jobs (1.58%) over the year.

The state’s unemployment rate was measured at 6.4% in September 2014 (from the household survey - CPS). This is down two-tenths of a percentage point from the August 2014 figure of 6.6% and lower by one and three-tenths of a percentage point from the September 2013 unemployment rate of 7.7%. The unemployment rate has not been this low in the state since November 2008. The number of unemployed residents has declined by 23,682 (-16.5%) since September 2013 to 119,842, which is a new recovery low point. Connecticut’s labor force has now expanded by 21,983 (1.2%) citizens over the year.

“September employment numbers are very encouraging with strong gains in estimated payroll employment. Some of this gain was expected, especially in local public education and leisure & hospitality where seasonal shifts may have been missed in August,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Both Connecticut’s nonfarm employment and unemployment rate are back to late 2008 levels. However, monthly sample-based labor statistics can be volatile in either direction and should be looked at in context of longer trends over several months.”

Nonfarm Jobs: In September 2014, Connecticut preliminary nonfarm payroll employment increased by 11,500 (0.69%) to 1,679,200 (seasonally adjusted). This is the largest monthly nonfarm employment gain since April 1994 (seasonally adjusted, 12,700 over-the-month). This is also the seventh monthly nonfarm employment gain in 2014 and is a vigorous bounce back from August’s revised nonfarm decline of 1,200 (-0.07%). September nonfarm job gains have now reached 26,100 (+1.58%) over the year. Year to date, Connecticut has created 15,700 jobs (about 1,744 per month) on a seasonally adjusted cumulative basis – much stronger than last year’s pace of 8,000 through Sept'13.

Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 85,300 positions, or 71.6% of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 recession. Connecticut’s jobs recovery is now 55 months old and is averaging approximately 1,551 jobs per month overall since February 2010. The private sector has regained employment at a faster pace and has now recovered 93,700 (83.7%) of the 112,000 private sector jobs that were lost during the same recessionary downturn (1,704 per month pace). At 1,679,200 nonfarm jobs for September 2014, the state needs to reach the 1,713,000 level to start an official nonfarm employment expansion. This will require an additional 33,800 jobs going forward. A total of just 18,300 additional private sector positions are needed to have a fully restored private sector. The government supersector has continued to lose net jobs (-8,400) throughout the overall nonfarm employment recovery.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): The September 2014 preliminary nonfarm job numbers have five of the six major Connecticut Labor Market Areas (Bureau of Labor Statistics-recognized LMAs) adding jobs, while just one LMA listed a decline.  For the second month in a row, the largest labor market in the state, the Hartford LMA (2,700, 0.5%), was also the biggest job gaining LMA in magnitude in September 2014.  The Norwich-New London LMA (1,100, 0.9%, best percentagewise over-the-month) and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (1,100, 0.3%) added a similar number of jobs, while the New Haven LMA (600, 0.2%) and the Danbury LMA (500, 0.7%) also were positive last month.  The Waterbury LMA (-300, -0.5%) was the only LMA to lose ground in September, while the Norwich-New London LMA (-1,100, -0.9%) remains the only LMA to have lost jobs over the year.  Note: The major Connecticut LMAs are estimated and seasonally adjusted independently from the statewide numbers by the BLS and cover about 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state, so they will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The private sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.9 hours in September 2014, lower by two-tenths of an hour from the year-ago estimate of 34.1 hours. Average hourly earnings at $28.26, not seasonally adjusted, were up 33 cents, or 1.2%, from the September 2013 hourly private sector pay figure of $27.93. The resultant average private sector weekly pay was tallied at $958.01, up $5.60, or 0.6% over the year. Current all-employee private sector wage estimates have turned positive over the year recently in a low inflationary environment. The year-to-year change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in September 2014 was not available (release date Oct. 22). Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category.

Seven of ten major industry supersectors posted gains in September.  The job gainers this month were led by the trade, transportation & utilities (+3,200, +1.1%). All three subcomponents featured gains with retail trade (2,400, 1.3%) providing most of the boost.  Trade transportation and utilities is also the fastest growing over the year in magnitude (8,300, 2.8%).  Leisure and hospitality (3,100, 2.1%) and the education and health services (3,100, 1.0%) supersectors both added 3,100 positions with particular strength coming from restaurants and hotels (2,600, 2.1%) and healthcare services (2,900, 1.1%).  Similarly, job gains of 1,400 were posted by professional and business services (1,400, 0.7%) and the government (1,400, 0.6%) supersectors.  Professional, scientific, and technical (700, 0.8%) sub-components led professional and business services while local government entities (900, 0.6%) helped raise total government employment into positive gains over the year (1,600, 0.7%).  The combined construction and mining (500, 0.9%) supersector also added jobs in September, and percentagewise is the fastest growing industry supersector, over-the-year (3,500, 6.4%).  The information supersector (300, 1.0%) grew after posting a loss in August.

No supersector lost more than a thousand jobs in September.  The three declining supersectors were led down by the financial activities supersector (-800, -0.6%).  The finance and insurance (-600, -0.5%) and the real estate (-200, -1.0%) segments were both lower.  The manufacturing supersector (-500, -0.3%) was lower over the month but has recently turned positive over the year and is still slightly positive since last September (+200, +0.1%).  The nondurable manufacturing (200, 0.5%) subcomponent added jobs in September and is the source of all production job gains over the year (1,800, 5.0%).  The durable manufacturing (-700, -0.6%) subcomponent was down over the month and is down over the year (-1,600, -1.3%).  The other services supersector (-200, -0.3%) was just slightly lower in September.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Sep 2014 Sep 2013 Change Rate % Sep 2014 Aug 2014 Change Rate % Jul 2014 Jun 2014 May 2014
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,679,200 1,653,100 26,100 1.6% 1,679,200 1,667,700 11,500 0.7% 1,668,900 1,667,900 1,665,700
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,442,100 1,417,600 24,500 1.7% 1,442,100 1,432,000 10,100 0.7% 1,431,900 1,431,400 1,430,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
Mining 600 600 0 0.0% 600 600 0 0.0% 600 600 600
go to Construction sector data table Construction 57,500 54,000 3,500 6.5% 57,500 57,000 500 0.9% 56,000 55,700 55,400
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 163,400 163,200 200 0.1% 163,400 163,900 -500 -0.3% 162,700 162,500 162,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 307,400 299,100 8,300 2.8% 307,400 304,200 3,200 1.1% 303,000 303,800 303,100
go to Information sector data table Information 31,700 31,800 -100 -0.3% 31,700 31,400 300 1.0% 31,500 31,800 31,700
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 129,900 131,000 -1,100 -0.8% 129,900 130,700 -800 -0.6% 130,600 130,200 130,500
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 206,500 205,800 700 0.3% 206,500 205,100 1,400 0.7% 207,100 207,200 206,200
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 328,100 322,800 5,300 1.6% 328,100 325,000 3,100 1.0% 326,300 326,300 325,900
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 154,000 147,400 6,600 4.5% 154,000 150,900 3,100 2.1% 151,400 151,400 152,100
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 63,000 61,900 1,100 1.8% 63,000 63,200 -200 -0.3% 62,700 61,900 62,300
go to Government sector data table Government 237,100 235,500 1,600 0.7% 237,100 235,700 1,400 0.6% 237,000 236,500 235,200
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 139,435,000 136,636,000 2,799,000 2.0% 139,435,000 139,187,000 248,000 0.2% 138,976,000 138,795,000 138,492,000
 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.4% for September 2014 (seasonally adjusted). This is down two-tenths of a percentage point from August 2014 (6.6%), and down one and three-tenths of a percentage point from the September 2013 unemployment rate of 7.7%. The unemployment rate in Connecticut has not been this low since November of 2008.
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Labor
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Emp.
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Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
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Resident
Unemp.
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Force
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Force
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Unemp.
Jan   1,863.4 1,770.9 92.5 1,888.5 1,755.8 132.8 1,904.8 1,731.3 173.6 1,917.4 1,738.5 178.8 1,895.3 1,740.4 154.9 1,873.3 1,723.8 149.4 1,852.2 1,719.3 132.9
Feb   1,864.4 1,771.6 92.8 1,891.4 1,752.1 139.4 1,909.5 1,734.2 175.3 1,917.1 1,740.2 176.8 1,893.6 1,740.3 153.3 1,870.5 1,722.7 147.7 1,857.9 1,727.7 130.2
Mar   1,865.4 1,771.7 93.7 1,894.6 1,749.2 145.3 1,913.4 1,737.1 176.3 1,915.6 1,740.8 174.8 1,892.6 1,739.2 153.3 1,868.1 1,721.6 146.5 1,864.8 1,734.3 130.5
Apr   1,866.9 1,771.2 95.7 1,897.4 1,747.2 150.2 1,915.9 1,739.2 176.7 1,912.6 1,739.6 173.0 1,891.3 1,736.5 154.8 1,866.3 1,720.5 145.8 1,868.6 1,740.1 128.5
May   1,869.1 1,770.4 98.7 1,899.5 1,745.4 154.2 1,917.0 1,739.9 177.1 1,908.9 1,736.9 172.0 1,889.7 1,732.6 157.1 1,864.5 1,718.6 145.9 1,877.6 1,747.9 129.7
Jun   1,872.0 1,769.6 102.4 1,900.6 1,743.4 157.3 1,917.1 1,739.5 177.6 1,905.6 1,734.1 171.4 1,888.0 1,728.8 159.2 1,862.3 1,716.0 146.3 1,878.5 1,753.0 125.5
Jul   1,875.1 1,769.2 106.0 1,900.6 1,740.9 159.6 1,916.8 1,738.3 178.6 1,903.4 1,732.6 170.8 1,886.4 1,726.0 160.3 1,859.7 1,713.3 146.4 1,872.1 1,749.3 122.8
Aug   1,878.2 1,769.0 109.2 1,899.6 1,738.1 161.5 1,916.8 1,737.1 179.7 1,902.3 1,732.9 169.4 1,884.8 1,724.9 159.9 1,856.8 1,711.3 145.5 1,870.4 1,747.0 123.4
Sep   1,880.8 1,768.6 112.3 1,898.5 1,735.0 163.4 1,916.8 1,736.2 180.7 1,901.7 1,734.7 167.1 1,883.3 1,725.0 158.3 1,853.7 1,710.1 143.5 1,875.6 1,755.8 119.8
Oct   1,882.9 1,767.0 115.8 1,897.8 1,732.1 165.7 1,917.1 1,735.8 181.3 1,901.1 1,737.0 164.1 1,881.6 1,725.5 156.0 1,850.6 1,709.5 141.1
Nov   1,884.6 1,764.2 120.4 1,898.4 1,730.1 168.3 1,917.3 1,736.0 181.3 1,899.7 1,738.9 160.8 1,879.2 1,725.6 153.6 1,847.9 1,709.2 138.7
Dec   1,886.4 1,760.2 126.2 1,900.7 1,729.7 171.1 1,917.3 1,736.9 180.4 1,897.5 1,739.9 157.6 1,876.3 1,724.9 151.4 1,845.8 1,709.4 136.4
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
Based on the household survey, the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, exhibited a sizable decrease of 3,577 (-2.9%) over the month to 119,842 in September 2014. This is the lowest level of unemployed residents in the state since the employment recovery began in February 2010. The number of unemployed residents has decreased by 23,682 (-16.5%, considered statistically significant) since September 2013. The United States unemployment rate was 5.9% in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the August 2014 rate (6.1%), and lower by one and one-three tenths of a percentage point from the September 2013 rate when it was estimated at 7.2%.

As always, the sample size underlying labor force and unemployment data is very small and caution is advised in interpreting these trends.

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.1 9.7 0.6 9.3 9.1 -0.2 8.2 8.2 0.0 8.0 7.9 -0.1 7.2 6.6 -0.6
Feb  5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.4 8.3 0.9 9.2 9.8 0.6 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.1 8.3 0.2 7.9 7.7 -0.2 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Mar  5.0 5.1 0.1 7.7 8.7 1.0 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.1 8.2 0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Apr  5.1 5.0 -0.1 7.9 9.0 1.1 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
May  5.3 5.4 0.1 8.1 9.4 1.3 9.2 9.6 0.4 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
Jun  5.5 5.6 0.1 8.3 9.5 1.2 9.3 9.4 0.1 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.1 -0.6
Jul  5.7 5.8 0.1 8.4 9.5 1.1 9.3 9.5 0.2 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.9 7.3 -0.6 6.6 6.2 -0.4
Aug  5.8 6.1 0.3 8.5 9.6 1.1 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.9 9.0 0.1 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6 6.6 6.1 -0.5
Sep  6.0 6.1 0.1 8.6 9.8 1.2 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.8 9.0 0.2 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.7 7.2 -0.5 6.4 5.9 -0.5
Oct  6.2 6.5 0.3 8.7 10.0 1.3 9.5 9.5 0.0 8.6 8.8 0.2 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.6 7.2 -0.4
Nov  6.4 6.8 0.4 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.5 9.8 0.3 8.5 8.6 0.1 8.2 7.8 -0.4 7.5 7.0 -0.5
Dec  6.7 7.3 0.6 9.0 9.9 0.9 9.4 9.4 0.0 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.4 6.7 -0.7

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Thursday, November 20, 2014 (October 2014 data)
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